India captain Virat Kohli was clean bowled by Moeen Ali but refused to walk, prompting widespread jeers.
Virat Kohli’s colourful antics have again made the superstar India batsman a target of widespread jeers.
The sight of the right-hander’s stumps getting skittled by England off-spinner Moeen Ali was a bizarre one in the second Test of the series. It was actually the first time in Test cricket that Kohli had been dismissed for a duck by a spinner.
But it was Kohli’s reaction to getting clean bowled that made for the most ridiculous scenes, with the India captain standing his ground in disbelief before waltzing to the middle of the wicket as he questioned batting partner Rohit Sharma about the legitimacy of the ball.
Ali tossed up a perfect delivery that pitched just outside off stump, drew plenty of rip from the Chennai rough and crashed into the top of middle and off as Kohli attempted a cover drive in the 22nd over of the first day.
But instead of beginning the long walk back to the stands, a startled and defiant Kohli remained in the middle.
“Virat perhaps wondering if the ball has ricocheted back off the keeper, but I think it’s just clean-bowled him, hasn’t it?” said former England batsman Mark Butcher on Fox Cricket’s coverage.
Kohli didn’t opt to review the delivery but a replay was nonetheless shown on the big screen, after umpires Niton Menon and Virender Sharma had made a joint decision to go upstairs.
The replay confirmed that Ali’s delivery hadn’t rebounded off the gloves of England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, but that Kohli had simply been bamboozled in his second Test since returning from paternity leave.
Butcher made a reference to the time the ‘father of cricket’, former champion England batsman WG Grace, had refused to walk after getting bowled.
Legend has it that Grace placed the bails back on the stumps, turned to the bowler and said: “These people have come here to see me bat, not to see you bowl.”
He then resumed his innings without a single question being asked.
“Virat Kohli, who has attempted the WG Grace, standing there after being clean bowled, has now got to go,” Butcher said.
As Butcher tried to make sense of the astounding scenes, Kohli had his bat tucked under his left arm as he trudged off the ground.
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